Tokyo panda Xiang Xiang's return to China pushed back by pandemic

National Dec 10, 2020

Tokyo panda Xiang Xiang's return to China pushed back by pandemic

Tokyo Metropolitan Government has agreed with Chinese authorities to push back through next May the return of Xiang Xiang, the popular female offspring of a giant panda couple on loan from China, amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Yuriko Koike said Thursday. Xiang Xiang, born in ...

Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

National Jan 8, 2019

Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

by Ayano Shimizu

Despite the workload and responsibility, being a giant panda breeder at a zoo is something 37-year-old Kimiyo Shintani takes great pride in. Shintani's day centers around six giant pandas, including a 4-month-old female cub, kept at the Adventure World amusement park in the small resort ...

China and Japan set to agree on panda lease during Abe's visit

National Oct 20, 2018

China and Japan set to agree on panda lease during Abe's visit

China and Japan are expected to reach a broad agreement on panda leasing during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Beijing next week, bilateral sources said Friday. The agreement would come amid a marked improvement in Sino-Japanese relations. This year marks the 40th anniversary of ...